INTRODUCTION

Picture1Botswana is blessed with vast woodlands, wetlands and grasslands that support an abundance of wildlife. The northern conservation area includes wetlands, such as the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti Swamps and the Makgadikgadi Wetlands system, and vast woodland and open grassland systems adjacent these wetlands. There are many protected areas in northern Botswana, conserving a diverse, connected ecosystem, including the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, and the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Park, as well as many wildlife management area concessions (WMAs) (Fig. 1). The Kgalagadi Ecosystem to the south consists of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Kalahari Transfrontier Park and the Schwelle wildlife management area, which lies between these two parks (Fig. 1). The Ecosystems Dynamics Program (EDP) at the Okavango Research Institute is dedicated to studying the ecology of these northern and southern ecosystems to improve their conservation management. The EDP includes researchers from various disciplines, such as vegetation (drylands and wetlands), herbivore, carnivore, landscape and rangeland ecology. Each researcher conducts research into their specific disciplines through their own research projects and through their graduate students. The EDP also has several collaborations with international organizations.

 

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